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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 8, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must have a U.S. mailing address to receive a paper book. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers. 

Chain of Mercy by Brenda Anderson

Our guest blogger is Brenda S. Anderson. Brenda writes gritty, life-affirming fiction that offers hope and reminds the reader they’re not alone. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 26 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Her debut novel, Chain of Mercy, Book #1 in the Coming Home series, came out in April of 2014, and Pieces of Granite, the prequel to Chain of Mercy, is scheduled to release on September 16, 2014!

Welcome, Brenda. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I love to sing, and in my mid-twenties I had an opportunity to sing with a madrigal group called The Elizabethan Syngers. Our main performing venue was at a local Renaissance Festival, and it was there I experienced my two seconds of fame. Our group was photographed, singing at the front entrance to the Ren Fest, by the Midwest Living magazine, and the full page picture was featured in an article about Renaissance Festivals.

I’m not big into genealogy, but I do know of two famous ancestors in our family tree, both on my mom’s side of the family: Myles Standish (of Mayflower & Plymouth Colony fame) and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I claim I inherited the literary gene from Emerson.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I love the arts! Especially musical theater and choral or orchestral music. If I were wealthy, I’d probably have season tickets to many of the theatrical/musical venues in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. And since the arts are huge in the Twin Cities, that would keep me very busy!

I also love spending time with my family. Our kids are 21, 19, and 18, yet they still enjoy spending time with us. We all love amusement parks, especially crazy roller coasters. We also love going to movies together. Our favorites right now seem to be in the Marvel universe, e.g. The Avengers, Captain America, and Thor. And we love baseball—watching it, that is. None of us are athletic, so we live vicariously through watching the Minnesota Twins.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?

That’s a tough question, because I know I’d be tongue-tied with anyone! I guess if I had the chance, I would love to talk with my grandparents again. There are so many questions I have now that I never thought to ask them when they were alive, and I know they have fascinating stories to tell.

Please tell us about Chain of Mercy.

Chain of Mercy is my debut novel. It’s the first in the 4-book Coming Home series, all contracted through Winslet Press.

Here’s a blurb:

They forgave him for the accident that killed their son, but he will never forgive himself.

Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks was at the top of the world, drunk with success, wealth, and women. Until one disastrous evening, when his world came crashing down.

Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he’s determined to live the solitary life he now deserves.

But Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she’s after, but she soon discovers that he’s hiding more than the designer suits in his closet.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

Chain of Mercy explores forgiveness from three different angles: from someone who refused to accept forgiveness, from someone who refuses to offer forgiveness, and from someone who doesn’t believe what they’ve done needs forgiveness.

I would hope that readers will understand that it doesn’t matter what they’ve done, nothing is beyond forgiveness.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

You can find Chain of Mercy in paperback and for e-reader at

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Like most writers, I seem to be all over the net. I’d love to get in touch with my readers! You can find me at the links below:

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Any parting comment?

Thank you so much, Jo, for welcoming me to your blog!

Brenda, I’ve enjoyed your visit with my readers and me. One commenter will win a copy of your novel, Chain of Mercy, which you’ve offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 8, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Chain of Mercy by Brenda Anderson. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I'll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I'll announce the winner in Monday's blog.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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